Scholar-In-Residence Thomas Christensen to present music theory seminar and lecture/demonstration, Feb. 18-19

The graduate programs in musicology and music theory welcome renowned historian and theorist Thomas Christensen, for two days of events.

Christensen is an Avalon Foundation Professor of Music and the Humanities and Associate Dean and Master of the Humanities Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago.

The following events are open to the public:

On Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at 1 p.m., Christensen will lead a seminar on his recent work, titled "The Tonality Wars, c. 1850." This event will take place in the Performing Arts Library seminar room in the Mabel Smith Douglass Library on Douglass Campus.

Christensen will be joined by pianist Professor Min Kwon on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 12:30 p.m., for a lecture-demonstration, "Four-Hand Piano Transcriptions: The Musical Artwork in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction." This presentation will explore four-hand piano versions of 19th-century orchestral music, including Beethoven's first symphony. The event will take place in Shindell Choral Hall, in Mortensen Hall on Douglass Campus.

Christensen is part of an annual residency. The goal: to enrich the entire music community at Mason Gross and to demonstrate the ways in which musicology and music theory can help us to engage with and understand musical artworks.

For more information about these events, please contact Prof. Rebecca Cypess at or Nancy Rao at

Posted January 2014